In the introduction to this series, I mentioned that we need to understand the reality of the process of achieving our career goals.
We also need to assess our strengths and weaknesses. We need to think about why we are chasing this goal and why it is important to us. When you are assessing these things, you need to be objective and honest with yourself. Now it is time to think about what is the best way to make this change.
You can think of this process as similar to driving down the road, needing to make a turn. We all know that the manner in which we approach a turn depends on a number of things. One is the sharpness of the turn, how fast we are going at the time we determine we need to turn, and road conditions, among other things. When you are chasing your career goals, you need to be able to make changes (or turns) because that is part of the process.
You need to be able to determine how drastic a change you are trying to make relative to where you are presently. You need to assess how many things you have going on in your life that keeps you invested moving in a particular direction (speed of the car). You need to know the conditions of the industry you want to be in and what is needed to make a successful change (road conditions).
Once you understand these things, you can determine a time table to reach your goals. It is important to note that your time table maybe different than other people’s because you have your own reasons for making this change, and you maybe have a number of things going on in your life that makes your change longer than others.
The truth is that you have to be focused on your reasons and your sense of purpose. If not, then you will be swayed by the actions of others and these actions may not be aligned with your goals and passions. This time table maybe a moving target, because things do change as you start your journey. But having this assessment will allow you to figure how to go about this goal.
Once you have this in mind, then you should compare your plan to your passion and values that you discovered in part 1 of this series the introduction. In the next blog, I will review the how we make modifications to our plans as we start to chase our goals. Life has more to do with how we respond to challenges to chasing our goals. This will be the meat of the process, but without the proper foundation, we cannot handle the chase of our goals because on one level challenges to our goals test whether we have right reasons for chasing our goals. On another level, challenges test whether we really want these goals and if we are willing to work hard enough to make it a reality. Stay tuned.